Earning credits while studying abroad in South Korea
The majority of courses at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies are worth 3 credits.
Like most Korean universities, Hankuk University also uses the same credit system as U.S. universities. Students need to work a total of 16 hours in order to earn 1 credit. Most 3 credit courses have 3 lectures/seminars a week; the semesters last for 16 weeks.
3 Korean credits correspond to 5 ECTS. Usually the 3 credit courses contain three lectures or seminars per week.
The conversion of Korean credits into ECTS can also been understood in terms of the relationship between the scope of a local degree program measured in credits and the time it takes to complete it, set against the European standard attainment of 60 credits per academic year. According to this conversion method, the credits of the different universities are determined as follows:
140 (the scope of a degree in local credits) / 4 (the duration of a degree in years) = 35 credits = local yearly standard attainment.